September 20, 2021

Dangerous algae found in Glasgow West End Parks

DOG walkers have been warned of the dangerous form of algae growing in West End ponds.

Possibly the deadliest blue-green algae are thought to have been spotted at the famous Victoria Park Pond on West Road and at Bingham Pond, turning the water green.

Signs have emerged to make sure park users are aware of the dangers and are urged to keep pets and children away from the area.

Jill Ferguson, who travels to popular walks on the West End, said she was shocked to see greenery growing on the pond.

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He said: “It’s been going on for a long time but it’s getting worse over time.

“I go there a lot to walk and take pictures.

“You can tell how bad the water quality is when the ducks come out and sit outside the swan pond, they’re not in it.”

He added: “It’s really annoying, even for people who run their dog because if they drown or. Drink it These and other people do not see the signs, the dog’s life may be in danger.

An investigation is underway to determine the type of algae that grows on the pond.

However, a cyber attack on the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) over Christmas is believed to have caused indefinite delays in the lab, which has hampered any attempt to test the plants.

The attack was described as “serious and complex” and had a “significant impact” on the liaison center, internal systems, processes and communications.

In a statement issued at the time, the group said: “Following the attack, we immediately put in place our business continuity measures and took immediate action to limit the impact of the cyber attack. Relevant authorities including the Scottish Government, Police Informed Scotland, The National Cyber ​​Security Center and the Office of the Information Commissioner with whom we continue to work.

Police Scotland, meanwhile, have pointed to the possible involvement of the international community in being serious and organized. CrimeSEPA has made it clear that it will not engage in criminal activities with the intention of disrupting public services and extorting public funds. The case is subject to direct criminal investigation.

Although lab results are pending, users of the area have been advised to clean up the pond area and follow safety advice.

Glasgow City Council The spokesman said: “We share concerns about the possible presence of blue-green algae.

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“Unfortunately, due to matters beyond our control, we are unable to test the plants in the pond with a sepia to determine if they are really blue-green algae.”

“As soon as these plants can be tested by sepia and confirmed that these blue-green algae bloom, we take a closer look at what measures can be effective and appropriate.

“Meanwhile, as a precaution, we advise all visitors to the park to stay away from the pond and to make sure that no pets come in contact with water or openings.”

“Sign posts have been set up around the pond to remind visitors to the park that they should not go into the water for their own well-being.”

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